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New cancer drug to begin trials in multiple myeloma patients

New cancer drug to begin trials in multiple myeloma patients

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new cancer drug which they plan to trial in multiple myeloma patients by the end of next year. In a paper published today in the journal Cancer Cell , the researchers report how the drug, known as DTP3, kills myeloma cells in laboratory tests in human cells and mice, without causing any toxic side effects, which is the main problem with most other cancer drugs. The new drug works by stopping a key process that allows cancer cells to multiply Continue reading

New breast cancer use drug ruled out

New breast cancer use drug ruled out

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe organisation which dictates which medicines should be routinely available on the NHS has decided not to approve the breast cancer drug Kadcyla. Continue reading

Ebola’s deadly toll on healthcare workers

Ebola’s deadly toll on healthcare workers

Since its first outbreak in Guinea in December, 2013, Ebola has hit West African healthcare providers disproportionately hard. Hundreds of healthcare workers have been infected, many of whom have died, according to the World Health Organization Continue reading

Chewing gum while fasting before surgery is safe, study finds

Chewing gum while fasting before surgery is safe, study finds

It is well known that patients should avoid eating and drinking before surgery to help prevent complications while under anesthesia. But is it safe to chew gum? Continue reading

Counting pitches can save young players’ arms but not always used consistently

Counting pitches can save young players’ arms but not always used consistently

Youth baseball has morphed into a year-round sport, with some athletes playing on multiple teams in the same season. One result: an increasing number of pitchers sidelined with overuse injuries or needing surgery Continue reading

Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home

Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home

While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse. These “caregiving youth” are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health due to the chronic physical and emotional stress of their responsibilities at home, said Julia Belkowitz, MD, FAAP, author of an abstract titled “Caregiving Youth Project: A School-Based Intervention to Support a Hidden Population in Need.” The study will be presented Oct. Continue reading

Impact of patient-to-physician messaging reviewed in study

Impact of patient-to-physician messaging reviewed in study

Email has become one of the most widespread forms of communication, with its streamlined interactions benefiting both businesses and individuals. With the advent of secure patient web portals and the faith that online access has the potential to improve care, the medical industry is slowly catching up Continue reading

Computerized surveillance system quickly detects disease outbreaks among preschoolers

Computerized surveillance system quickly detects disease outbreaks among preschoolers

A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly, according to University of Michigan research to be presented Saturday, Oct. 11 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Researchers who designed the biosurveillance system will describe how it can be used to track illness trends and improve public health response to outbreaks during a presentation at 2:09 p.m Continue reading

Neural stem cell overgrowth, autism-like behavior linked, mice study suggests

Neural stem cell overgrowth, autism-like behavior linked, mice study suggests

People with autism spectrum disorder often experience a period of accelerated brain growth after birth. Continue reading

Tumor registry data find acadiana colon cancer rates among America’s highest

Tumor registry data find acadiana colon cancer rates among America’s highest

A special study using data from LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health’s Louisiana Tumor Registry has found that colorectal cancer incidence rates in the Louisiana Acadian parishes are among the highest in the United States. This study appears to be the first to identify a high rate of cancer in a large, regional, US founder population, raising the possibility of a genetic predisposition. Alternatively, an unidentified, robust environmental risk factor may be present. Continue reading